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Union Minister Anurag Thakur at Peterhoff in Shimla during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra | Twitter/@airnewsalerts

BJP’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra — What 39 ministers travelling 22 states in 5 days hope for

A look at the speeches and itineraries of Modi's new Cabinet ministers, from Anurag Thakur to Narayan Rane, during their 5-day Jan Ashirwad Yatra.

Cabinet approves Rs 15,000 crore FDI proposal in Anchorage Infra Investment Holding

According to an official release, the investment will substantiate Modi government's plan to develop world-class airports & transport-related infrastructure via private partnerships.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with the new Union Cabinet at his official residence, in New Delhi, on 14 July 2021| ANI Photo

Cabinet approves setting up of infrastructure development corporation for Ladakh

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday approved the establishment of an integrated multi-purpose infrastructure development corporation for the Union Territory of Ladakh. The decision has been taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The establishment of the corporation will result in inclusive and integrated development of the Union Territory of Ladakh, according to an official statement. This will, in turn, ensure socio-economic development of the entire region and the population of the UT. The impact of development will be multi-dimensional and it will help in further development of human resources and better utilisation thereof. It increases domestic production of goods and services and will facilitate their smooth supply. Thus, the approval will help in realising the goal of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', the statement said. The authorised share capital of the corporation will be Rs 25 crore and recurring expenditure will be around Rs 2.42 crore per year. It is a new...
The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Finance ministry issues orders to implement Cabinet decision to hike DA, DR from 1 July

The Union Cabinet on 14 July had decided to restore Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for central government employees and pensioners while increasing the rate of allowance to 28%.

SubscriberWrites: After Covid disaster, new Modi Cabinet should primarily focus on rebuilding bridges

According to Shubhayan Bhattacharya, Modi government should chart out the country's recovery from pandemic wounds and a ministerial shakeup may just be the first step forward.
(L-R)) Shobha Karandlaje, Meenakshi Lekhi, Anupriya Patel and Annapurna Devi | Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

Don’t just count women ministers in Modi govt. Portfolios more crucial for equality

Women have been largely excluded from ministries such as finance, defence, heavy industry, railways, transport, and agriculture that corner most of the government’s budget.
Prime Minister Modi and President Kovind with the new ministers who took oath on 7 July 2021 | Twitter

Modi govt rejig has nothing to do with real governance, it’s all about perception management

Former health minister Harsh Vardhan is just a fall guy. Look into Javadekar, Gangwar, Pokhriyal, Prasad exits, a similar pattern emerges. 

Cabinet approves strategic disinvestment, transfer of management control in IDBI Bank

According to the statement, the extent of respective shareholding to be divested by govt & LIC will be decided at the time of structuring of transaction in consultation with RBI.
File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing a meeting to review Covid, July 2020 | PIB

Modi needs a new team. Unless the PMO wants to keep running India

When people are dying for want of oxygen and medical facilities, ministers are responding to the crisis with more praise for PM Modi.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi govt approves Rs 22,810 crore for 3rd phase of Atmanirbhar Bharat job scheme

The third phase will run for 3 years till 2023 and aims to benefit around 58.5 lakh employees. Rs 1,584 crore has been allocated for the current fiscal.

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The indigenous bamboo trees that grew on the side of the road were burnt in the fire | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India can go the Khadi way to realise its bamboo potential, cut imports from China

Bamboo tourism will nurture ‘Bamboo diplomacy’, given the northeast region’s geographical proximity to ASEAN, and their sharing of common heritage.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.


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Army taps Bengaluru-based firm for specialised sights in use with forces abroad

The firm, Tonbo Imaging, exports sights and other systems to over two dozen countries. Their products have also been deployed at the LAC, and were used during the 2016 surgical strikes.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.